Unique opportunities facing the Canadian LNG industry: Review of Gastalk

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Ahead of the Canada Gas and LNG Exhibition and Conference taking place 14-16 May in Vancouver, the 11th instalment of the Gastalk webinar series saw presenter Susan Sakmar, Author and visiting Law Professor at the University of Houston Law Centre host a special edition.

With leading analyst Dulles Wang, Research Director Americas Gas Research for Wood Mackenzie discussing the main gas and LNG stories of the month, the webinar also welcomed two industry guests – Sarah M Jordaan, Assistant Professor of Energy, Resources & Environment at Johns Hopkins University and Greg Vesey, President at Bear Head LNG, to give further insights into Canada’s evolving gas and LNG industry. If you missed out, we have selected some highlights below. 

In response to “TransCanada to proceed with Canada gas line expansion, beats profit” Mr Wang from Wood Mackenzie shared some insights into Canada’s increasing natural gas production; “Canadian gas production has been increasing since 2012 despite all the supply competition. In order to de-bottleneck Western Canada, the market has been seizing every pipeline expansion opportunity there is, and TransCanada’s expansion is the perfect illustration that there will be enough supply to support these projects.”

In a first for the Gastalk webinar series, Susan Sakmar shifted focus to hear from Sarah M Jordaan about her recent study highlighting that BC LNG exports could result in net GHG reductions in power generation for certain countries. Ms Jordaan shared more on her research;

  • Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) is a ‘cradle to grave’ assessment, and in this case, of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions
  • The life cycle of LNG includes both the upstream natural gas supply chain through to the end use of natural gas in the country that imports the product
  • The goal of this study was to evaluate the GHG emissions implications of increasing Canadian LNG exports
  • Our results show that infrastructure and efficiency of the generation fleet matters. Natural gas burned domestically has lower life cycle emissions per kWh

Finally, in the special edition, Susan spoke with Greg Vesey, President of the Bear Head LNG project who divulged the latest updates on the East Coast project; “We believe Bear Head LGN is in a great position to be an impactful Canadian project. The outstanding existing infrastructure around it and its proximity to LNG markets allows Bear Head to be uniquely situated to monetize Canadian gas from Western Canada as well as bring much needed gas to the Atlantic Maritimes provinces."

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To hear more on the dynamic gas and LNG industry in Canada and how industry players see it developing, book your place at the Canada Gas and LNG Exhibition taking place 14-16 May in Vancouver.